Maybe your hero is Elon Musk, LeBron James, or Albert Einstein.
Those are all worthwhile heroes. However, it would be even better to become your own hero.
Your life is your story, and every story needs a hero.
By defining the hero of your story, you have the unique opportunity to become that hero.
And you need to identify the hero of your story because the hero of each story is different.
The hero of your story won’t be the same as the hero of anyone else’s story.
A few ground rules:
- Your hero has to start where you are right now. You have a specific starting point and particular resources available to you. Your hero has to begin from your starting point.
- You have to set a time limit on when you’ll become your hero. Your hero doesn’t have 100 years to work with. It would be best if you also had a deadline to work with. A reasonable timeframe is 5 to 10 years from now. At that point, you can reevaluate and create a new hero from your new starting point.
- Avoid the tendency to limit yourself. You would be amazed at what you can accomplish in 5 to 10 years. You’re a hero, after all.
1. Define your hero’s accomplishments.
What has your hero accomplished? From this moment in time, until your deadline, what will your hero achieve?
Once you’re satisfied with your list, ask yourself how you could make it even better. Better by a factor of two, or maybe a factor of ten!
Remember to work within the time frame you’ve given yourself.
2. Define your hero’s attributes.
What qualities does your hero have? What traits would they have to possess to accomplish everything they’ve accomplished in that time frame?
What qualities in other people do you most admire and respect?
3. Define your hero’s life.
How does your hero live their life? How do they spend their day?
Who is in their life? What types of things are they involved in?
Where do they live?
What time do they get out of bed? What do they eat for lunch?
What is important to them?
4. Define your hero’s goals.
Your hero has accomplished a lot, but they are not finished. What are their goals now?
Whom do they want to become? What does the future hold for them?
What are their plans?
5. Make a plan to become your own hero.
Starting where you are right now, what do you need to do to become the hero you’ve defined?
What changes do you need to make in your life? What goals do you need to set and accomplish to become your hero?
Consider your hero’s finances, health and fitness, social circle, accomplishments, and skills.
This is just for starters. Imagine what needs to be done to transform from your current self into your hero.
6. Get started.
This is the hardest part for most people. It’s fun to sit down, fantasise and plan your future.
It’s a little harder actually to take action, get busy and make it happen.
You have years to complete your mission, so the tendency for most people is to procrastinate, but you don’t have any time to spare.
There’s no time to waste.
The more time you wait to get started, the longer it’s going to take to become your hero.
Unless your life is perfect, your story needs a hero.
And frankly, who’s life is perfect?
You can define who that hero is going to be right now, right here.
There’s still time to become the most incredible person you’ve ever known.
When someone asks you, “Who is your hero?” you can honestly say, “Me, in 10 years.”
Be the hero of your story.